Motion Picture Company Lionsgate has secured the options from Deep Silver to create a movie based on Dead Island.
The game’s Cannes Lion-winning debut trailer is to be the inspiration for the movie, says Lionsgate.
“The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling,” it said.
Lionsgate’s Joe Drake added, “Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck.”
“This is exactly the type of property we're looking to adapt at Lionsgate - it's sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.”
The game, as our review points out, is somewhat different to the trailer – a largely emotionless, more traditional zombie survival title heavily focused on melee combat and open exploration.
On the difference between these two namesakes, Deep Silver’s Malte Wagner said upon the game trailer’s release in February, “If we got involved with a movie we'd take a very different approach.”
“This can be a good movie if it's done right, but you do have to see it as separate from the game. We're not going to go out and write a movie script based on the game,” he continued. “We all know that movies are not always what gamers want. Good games aren't good movies and good movies aren't good games. Look at Avatar.”